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Secrets of a Summer Night

(Wallflowers #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  57,932 ratings  ·  3,345 reviews
The Wallflowers

Four young ladies at the side of the ballroom make a pact to help each other find husbands... no matter what it takes.

Proud and beautiful Annabelle Peyton could have her pick of suitors—if only she had a dowry. Her family is on the brink of disaster, and the only way Annabelle can save them is to marry a wealthy man. Unfortunately her most persistent admirer
Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 28th 2006 by Avon (first published October 26th 2004)
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Kenna ♡ I read (am reading at the moment actually) this series out of order. I started with the Devil in Winter (#3), then read Scandal in Spring (#4), and no…moreI read (am reading at the moment actually) this series out of order. I started with the Devil in Winter (#3), then read Scandal in Spring (#4), and now I am reading Secrets of a Summer Night (book #1) and plan to read book #2 after. Nothing was really spoiled for me. By reading the last two books in the series first, I wasn't confused or anything. No, in my opinion, you do not NEED to read the books in order. (less)
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BJ I've just re-read this book and feel that he always wanted her, anyway he could get her - he fell in love with her long before she did with him. I thi…moreI've just re-read this book and feel that he always wanted her, anyway he could get her - he fell in love with her long before she did with him. I think the heroine just assumed that he wanted her as a mistress, because of their class differences. And so she was shocked when he offered to marry her because of that assumption. Perhaps I missed something?(less)

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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
4.5 I love you Dammit Stars


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“You…you mustn’t stare at me like that.” Soft as the murmur was, he caught it. “With you here, nothing else is worth looking at.” -Annabelle and Simon

I love Lisa Kleypas! Now a little while back I bought the whole Hathaways series for 4.00 and it was my first taste of Lisa Kleypas. I fell madly in love with all the Hathaways and when I finished that series I went to goodreads to find more books by LK to read. That was when I found out t
Penny Reid
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The first time I read this book (in 2012) I didn't appreciate it. I'd just plowed through a bunch of historical romances and this one blended in with the crowd.

OMG I WAS SO WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This book is magic. I loved it. A LOT. The push/pull between the two main characters was masterfully done. The tension of Annabelle's circumstances (and Simon's ignorance of her circumstances) was so perfect. I loved both of these characters so much. The perfect blend of tragedy, suspense, humor, romance.
Feb 12, 2021 rated it liked it
The Wallflowers series by Lisa Kleypas happens BEFORE the Hathaways (Mine Till Midnight) which has more rating than Secrets of a Summer Night. I wanted to read a Kleypas book having heard a lot about her among the fans of this genre. Logically, starting with the most rated book (Devil in Winter has more ratings but that doesn’t count because it’s the THIRD book in a series) is the safest choice. Well, no. It wasn’t.

When I started reading Mine Till Midnight and met a few couples, I had this weir
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More)
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May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful story!

This was another gem from one of my favorite authors. As always, Lisa Kleypas never ever fails me. Secrets of A Summer Night had me hooked from the very start, enraptured me in a way that I never imagined, and I found myself having a hard time putting it down.

I loved Simon Hunt! He’s strong, smart, swoon-worthy, and sweet. Yet he could be a bad boy at times. No matter how rich he is, the peers have never accepted him as one of themselves. For the fact that he was born a co
SueBee★bring me an alpha!★


Books in Wallflowers series are stand-alones, but most enjoyed if read in order:
Book 0.5: Again the Magic
Book 1: Secrets of a Summer Night
Book 2: It Happened One Autumn
Book 3: Devil in Winter
Book 4: Scandal in Spring
Book 4.5: A Wallflower Christmas
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read it during a summer night.

I swooned.

I wrote a review.

May 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone who loves historicals
First of all, a big fat boot in the rear (to me) for letting this gem languish in the TBR for so long! Why am I so stubborn? So I have drifted away from historicals, but c'mon, this is Kleypas--I should've known better! I've loved so many of her books, and her heroes are some of my all time favorite romance heroes (Zachary Bronson, Jack Devlin, Derek Craven)--now I can add one more to the list--the deliciously sexy Simon Hunt (be still my heart)! I loved this guy! Talk about swoon-worthy! I'm te ...more
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4 stars!

“Having regrets is the only sign that you’ve done anything interesting with your life.”

The first book in the Wallflower series, Secrets of a Summer Night is about Annabelle, a beautiful woman searching for a husband, but her family’s financial troubles prevent this. No man wants to marry a woman with no dowry, but Annabelle must marry soon to prevent her family from being put out on the streets.

Annabelle’s only luck seems to be with Simon Hunt, a man not of the nobility, but one wh
Jan 04, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars
3 stars

Secrets of a summer night was a good introduction to what I hope would be a great enjoyable series. It’s also, finally, my first Lisa kleypas book!

To be honest I wasn’t like super enjoying it from the beginning because I had a hard time loving Annabelle. I’m sorry I’m sorry but I couldn’t help but think that she’s self-serving and kinda shallow. I couldn’t agree with her ways or most of what she has done. And I don’t like that she kept saying that she’s with Simon because of his money or
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Finally, FINALLY, a Lisa Kleypas book that I actually like! I'm not broken after all!

I was beginning to think that perhaps I was the only person on earth to hate Lisa Kleypas. I 2-starred both Suddenly You and Somewhere I'll Find You, and I was really ready to just throw in the towel. However, I already owned Secrets of a Summer Night so I figured I would try one more time.


And I'm soooo happy that I gave this one a try.

This was a great story with a complex H and h, a great set of s
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Historical romances are like my "Chicken Soup for the Soul." They just make me feel better. When my daughter was younger and would get sick and stay home from school, we would watch Pride and Prejudice - in our P.J.'s, with chocolate. And, I'm not talking about the Keira Knightly version - I mean the six-hour A&E Colin Firth one. It took all day, but it was comforting.

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Mr. Darcy makes everything better...

This book is like that. No matter what's going on, it made me smile. The characters are a
Christina ~ Brunette Reader
Finally getting around this vintage Kleypas. I found it much better written and engaging than her latest historical offerings, which I recently read, though I must also admit I enjoyed Secrets of a Summer Night more as a fun series set-up than for the romance itself.

Long story short, Annabelle Payton is a genteel but destitute beauty who needs to marry for money, quickly. Simon Hunt wants her, he's handsome and now filthy rich, and well-connected into the Ton, but remains a cleaned-up butcher's
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this one, a lot. Simon, a self-made man. Born the son of a butcher, he has worked hard to make his money and his place in society. OK, he will never be a nobleman but, honestly, who would want to be. But status matters to some ... and it matters to Annabelle. She needs to marry and marry well. Her family's finances are dwindling fast.

He did not strike her as a trustworthy man ... in fact, for all his elegant clothes and polished appearance, he didn't seem quite civilised.
He was the ki
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
First things first. Where do I get a guy like Simon Hunt? Preferably without a grouchy, stuck up friend like Westcliff??
The things he does for Annabell even after she treats him like dirt... And the two years wait for a dance *sigh* This guy is the stuff dreams are made of!😍
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is my kind of leisure reading, a good historical romance, well written with charming characters and a lot of witty dialogue.
I very much enjoyed the romance between the two main characters and loved the friendship between the four Wallflowers. The story was really entertaining and full of drama. Loved it:)
I am looking forward now to the rest of the series!
Re-read 10/8/19

Original read/review Jan'2010:

5+ stars – Historical Romance

This is a great start to a fun, dazzlingly romantic series about four young ladies with very different personalities and backgrounds entering society who form a deep bond of friendship that grounds them as they traverse the rocky course of relationships and husband hunting in stuffy Victorian era England.

Beautiful Annabelle Peyton is determined to find a wealthy suitor with a high position in society to wed in order to sav
Sammy Loves Books
4.0 "Island of the Misfits " stars

What a wonderful start to the series! A group of wallflower misfits make a pact to help each other snag husbands. I love how each member has one a major flaw that makes them an unsuitable bride.



Annabelle is beautiful but dirt poor. While men crave her beauty, they have no desire to marry a poor wife...They can just wait until she is desperate enough to agree to being their mistress.

Simon Hunt

Simon Hunt is disgustingly rich and has decided that Annabel
Mar 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
I've put off reading this series for so long and I have no idea why! I read the Hathaway books and thought nothing in the HR world could compare. Was I being a tad too judgmental? Maybe. Am I questioning my fierce love of the Hathaway clan? Hell no! Cam's a delicious bit of man and remains to this day one of my favorite book boyfriends.

That being said, I'm adding Simon Hunt to that list. Tall, dark, brooding and "commanding" in certain areas of his life *ahem*. Oh hell yes! Annabelle was a fanta
Al George
Never has man trapping been so much fun to read

Big thanks to Alp for the Buddy Read.

Setting / Time / Genre: Regency, England

Length: 384 pages

Series: Yes and I believe but am not entirely certain I have read the other three. Re-read may be in the works.

Sexy times: Light on the sexy sexerson. By my definition, that it.

Plan on reading more by the author: Sure am!

Synopsis in one sentence or slightly more: Annabelle's family is basically destitute and she conspires with her wallflower friends to
Dec 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So soft and wholesome. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.
Written April 5, 2015

4 Stars - Charming, steamy and much chuckling fun. These determined 'Wallflowers' are women to admire

Yet another amusing 'Wallflowers' HR as audiobook (11 hrs) narrated by always excellent Rosalyn Landor. (You get this one for just $7 incl. the e-book / kindle at Amazon right now.)

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Well done, well narrated, very entertaining HR
I liked the of many readers so much beloved Devil in Winter (#3 - 3.9 stars) some weeks ago and this series instalment was just as well written, f
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)

Miss Annabelle Payton, Miss Lillian Bowman, Miss Evangeline Jenner and Miss Daisy Bowman are regular sights at the peripheral of a ballroom. With each young lady having oddities and foibles that make them untenable to the bachelors of the ton. However, they strike up an unlikely friendship each vowing to help the others out to find a husband by means fair and foul. With the beautiful and spirited Annabelle being the first...

Miss Annabelle Payton’s family are on the knife edge of poverty, to
Why is it every time that I read a book by Lisa Kleypas, I am always so into the characters and the situations that surrounds them? Well, the answer to that is that Lisa Kleypas is clearly a brilliant romance writer and reading many of her books has been an awesome experience that I have enjoyed doing over and over again! This time, I have read the first book in Lisa Kleypas’ “Wallflower” series called “Secrets of a Summer Night” and it is surely full of drama, thrills and hot romance that will ...more
May 15, 2019 added it

“Every time I see you,” he murmured, “I think you couldn’t possibly become any more beautiful—and you always prove me wrong.”

What a journey this was. I honestly did not like these characters in the beginning of the book. That is to say, I didn't like the heroine. At all. And I had trouble understanding the hero's interest in her. She was shallow and self-serving, just as Lord Westcliff had described her. But after a rather significant turning point in the story, and in her cha
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

My Review::

This was a very easy, enjoyable read and though it seemed to drag in the beginning, I did learn things about class distinction that I had not been aware of.

I am adding Simon Hunt to my rapidly growing list of favorite heroes, but I can't tell you how many times I wanted to kick Annabelle to the curb. Hmmm...did they have curbs back then? Well, if the did she would have found herself sitting on one had I had my way.

I enjoyed the devious banter between the wallflowers, Annabelle, Lilli
Lisa Kay
★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Good Gravy Beans...this book is good. I've been having a few major problems with my house remodel, and this book - always my favorite of the Wallflower series, saved my sanity! I popped this book in my ears b/c it was loaded on my iPod and it has helped me get through a rough couple of days. LOVE Simon & Annabelle's story. Love how Simon is attracted to Annabelle at the beginning, and pursues her...but also comes to truly love her. Love how Annabelle re ...more
Stacey is Sassy
Awesome narrator enhanced the story.

I love this series and was excited to try out the audio version. The narrator does a fabulous job and I never struggled to decipher which character was talking. This is the first book in the series and my second favourite but only by a smidge. I love the rough around the edges, Simon Hunt. I don't particularly enjoy seeing the class distinction and resulting snobbery.

I will definitely be listening to the rest of the series in the future.
May 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
An impoverished heroine who does not know what she wants. A determined hero who wants her... as a mistress. A psychotic son-of-a-bitch who lusts after the heroine and is sleeping with the heroine's mother. (WTF!!!!) Debates about how men were superior to women. Drama about belonging to a lower class. And a predictable ending.

Yeah, in short, this book was barely okay. There was virtually no character development, man. I did not like the hero, the heroine and most of the characters here (except f
Melanie A. *mostly on hiatus*
Audio: 4 STARS!
Story: 3.75 STARS!
"I hate everything that keeps you separate from me."
While it wasn't the best Lisa Kleypas I've ever read, Secrets of a Summer Night was definitely worth reading. Annabelle and Simon were lots of fun. And I loved the Wallflowers themselves.

One thing I have to give LK props for is pulling off a story where the H has questionable motives (which is especially difficult in a historical setting, imo, since men are supposed to have honor.) But here, I liked
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LISA KLEYPAS is the RITA award-winning author of 21 novels. Her books are published in fourteen languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband and two children.

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“Having regrets is the only sign that you’ve done anything interesting with your life.” 162 likes
“Annabelle’s eyes stung as she stared at him, while need and inexhaustible tenderness gathered like an ache in her body. “I realized something,” she said huskily, “when I was standing outside the foundry, watching it burn and knowing you were inside.” She swallowed hard against the thickness in her throat. “I would rather have died in your arms, Simon, than face a lifetime without you. All those endless years… all those winters, summers… a hundred seasons of wanting you and never having you. Growing old, while you stayed eternally young in my memories.” She bit her lip and shook her head, while her eyes flooded. “I was wrong when I told you that I didn’t know where I belonged. I do. With you, Simon. Nothing matters except being with you. You’re stuck with me forever, and I’ll never listen when you tell me to go.” She managed a tremulous smile. “So you may as well stop complaining and resign yourself to it.” 122 likes
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